Films play a huge role in our life, and especially during these times where we cannot go outside to travel with our friends and family to the places that we want to go or had the plans to go. That’s when films and TV shows helped us to go through our lockdowns and be sane in this pandemic. There were many films released this year and brought to us via digital platforms. One such film that we are waiting for it to release in India is “SHEER QORMA”.
Sheer Qorma an upcoming Indian short film Drama LGBT romance written and directed by Faraz Arif Ansari and produced by Marijke de Souza. It is produced by Futterwacken Films. Starring Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta and Swara Bhaskar, the film revolves around a woman and a non-binary person (played by Dutta and Swara Bhaskar) in love with each other.
Sheer Qorma has won Best Short Film Audience Award at the Frameline Fest and has also qualified for the BAFTA this year.The Faraz Arif Ansari directorial was screened at the Frameline Fest as part of the Enby Love shorts program. The film also recently won the Best Short Film, Audience award at the 34th Connecticut LGBT Festival.
Sheer Qorma is a romantic drama that showcases how love is judged in society based on gender and how people have preconceived notions about sexuality. It has Swara playing the role of a Pakistani-Canadian citizen who travels to India with her lover (Divya Dutta). But Dutta’s mother, played by Shabana Azmi, finds it difficult to come to terms with her daughter’s choices.
Speaking about the film in an earlier statement, Ansari had shared, “The character that Shabana ji essays in Sheer Qorma is going to not only resonate with mothers all across the world but will also open a much needed dialogue about parenthood, and with not just parents of queer children but a more universal dialogue that I hope will bring a lot of love back in our universe. Shabana ji’s character in Sheer Qorma is the mother we all deserve.”
Sheer Qorma has travelled to several film festivals but is yet to release in India.